LORDSTOWN SCHOOLS Laid-off teachers are on recall list

Several teachers are to be recalled in August.
LORDSTOWN -- The number of laid-off teachers here is dwindling.
Superintendent Ray Getz told the state commission overseeing district finances Tuesday that about 29 people were on the recall list as of July 8, when an announcement was sent to teachers listing open positions.
Since then, several teachers have been hired by other districts or by Trumbull Career and Technical Center.
Thirty-two teachers had their contracts suspended 18 months ago when the district was declared in fiscal emergency by the state auditor and the state commission was appointed to oversee spending.
Placement on the recall list entitles them to be notified and to apply for any openings. Teachers remain on the list anywhere from two months to four years, depending on their type of contract.
Three teachers are to be recalled at the Aug. 21 board of education meeting in time for the start of school Aug. 26. Getz said another three teachers will probably be recalled at the same meeting.
Positions available
As of July 8, there were seven positions available, including high school math, science, and special education. All except one will be filled with recalled teachers or through change of assignments.
Only the position for a chemistry and physics teacher for the high school will be filled by someone new to the district. Getz said that's because no one on the recall list has the comprehensive certification for the job.
Getz assured the commission that the positions being filled are the result of resignations; no positions are being created that would cost the district more money.
The superintendent said he is pleased with the staffing developments and the shrinking recall list.
Also at the meeting, the transition from the Gordon D. James Career Center, which closed at the end of the school year, to the TCTC Adult Training Center was reported to be going smoothly.
TCTC will have an open house Aug. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m.

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